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Leonay 2750
Reviewed 31 January 2016

So well appointed, relaxed without compromise. Lovely hosts. We will be back a third time! The pool and gardens are a delight. Beds are large and comfy, the bathrooms well designed (the claw foot bath is a dream).

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Birksharbour, Owner at Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats, responded to this review

We are very happy you enjoyed your stay in the Captains Retreat and are wanting to come back a third time!!! Also enjoyed the swimming pool and relaxed in the gardens. We love it when we hear you have enjoyed the surrounds of Birks, as we hope to give our guests a unique experience when they visit! We look forward...

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Reviewed 21 January 2016

We stayed at the captains retreat recently for three nights. To say it is a special place is an understatement! The gardens and pool area are just beautiful and immaculately kept. The captains retreat is just beautifully decorated with everything you could want or need. A very lovely and spacious lounge room, large kitchen and beautiful bedroom make up the...

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Birksharbour, Owner at Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the Captains Retreat. We think it is a very unique special place to stay in Goolwa and are happy you also enjoyed the gardens and swimming pool. To highly recommend the property makes our effort worthwhile. We hope to see you again! Cheers Wendy & Phil Watson

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 January 2016

We stayed in the Riverview Retreat for 3 nights over Christmas and what a good decision that was! Wendy could not have been more helpful - they even arranged for a cold seafood platter for Christmas Day as everywhere was closed. The accommodation is spotless, comfortable, cute and the attention to detail is faultless from a Nespresso machine to pool...

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Birksharbour, Owner at Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats, responded to this review

We are happy you enjoyed your stay at the Riverview Retreat and the yummy seafood platter from our local Café Lime. We do promote, peaceful, private and perfect, glad we delivered! Hope to see you again! Cheers Wendy & Phil Watson

Reviewed 8 January 2016 via mobile

We throughly enjoyed our 2 night stay in the Riverview Retreat. The accommodation is very quiet, modern, clean and private. We found the breakfast hamper to be a lovely touch. It was only a 5 minute drive into town and there was a lovely walking track at the front door. Thank you Wendy for making sure our stay was perfect.

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Birksharbour, Owner at Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments and glad you enjoyed your stay in the Riverview Retreat. Our Retreats are located in a very quiet area of Goolwa although easily walking distance to town. Happy we made your stay perfect! Hope to see you again! Cheers Wendy & Phil Watson

New South Wales, Australia
Reviewed 3 January 2016

Had a magical stay at this beautiful location. Quiet and peaceful with the sound of water lapping against the jetty off our back deck. We visited Goolwa to cruise the Coorong and the boathouse was a wonderful accommodation choice, comfortable and very relaxing. Even though there were several boats at the jetty, it was still very private. Our host Wendy...

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Birksharbour, Owner at Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats, responded to this review

We are happy you enjoyed your relaxing stay and we thank you for taking the time to write about the Boathouse Retreat. Goolwa has many attractions and are glad you experienced some of them! Thanks for the recommendations, it makes our effort worthwhile. Look forward to seeing you again! Cheers Wendy & Phil Watson

Adelaide, Australia
Reviewed 7 December 2015

Everything inside The Boathouse has been carefully selected. It is elegant and tasteful. The goodies in the fridge are top class as is everything in the bathroom. Wendy and Phil are so warm and welcoming that you never want to leave. If you are looking for the perfect retreat on the water but near to a busking seaside charmer like...

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Birksharbour, Owner at Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats, responded to this review

We are happy you have included the Boathouse Retreat in your new favourite places to stay! Thank you so much for your kind words and we really make an effort to ensure our guests have a great experience with us! We hope to see you again at Birks River Retreats! Best wishes Wendy & Phil Watson

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 27 October 2015

The experience starts when you meet owners Phil and Wendy. They are a delightful young couple. Phil is interested in music, trains, boats, history, and heaven knows what else. Wendy says she is a "foodie", and that is obvious from the wonderful array of provisions with which she stocked the cottage's kitchen. The cottage is very comfortable and warm and...

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Birksharbour, Owner at Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats, responded to this review

We are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us at the Boathouse Retreat and had time to explore the Fleurieu Peninsula. We really appreciate you sharing your experience with your stay at the Boathouse Retreat. Your feedback is important to us. We look forward to welcoming you back again some day soon! Cheers Wendy & Phil Watson

Cleveland, Ohio
Reviewed 20 October 2015

The best part of this property is that you can be assured that Wendy will do her best to make you feel at home at a retreat that truly transports you to place away from home. The property itself is top-class--well apportioned, nicely organized, and maintained with a taste for detail and decor. What Wendy does makes it go over...

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Birksharbour, Owner at Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats, responded to this review

Your privacy is important to us and we are happy you enjoyed your stay at Birks River Retreats. Thank you for coming to stay with us and we hope to see you again. Cheers Wendy & Phil Watson

Reviewed 11 October 2015

My husband and I stayed here for our very first trip away from our kids - it was everything we could have hoped for, and more! The location was unique and provided an immediate sense of calm. The boathouse was decked out thoughtfully, with lovely attention to detail. We felt very much at home! Wendy helped us out organising activities...

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Birksharbour, Owner at Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats, responded to this review

We are happy you experienced the Boathouse Retreat. We believe the location is unique and has a sense of calm which most visitors are looking for. We look forward to seeing you again and thank you for coming to stay with us. Cheers Wendy & Phil Watson

Perth, Australia
Reviewed 7 October 2015

We had two fabulous nights in the Riverview Retreat. Having seen the property online it was everything I expected and more. Beautifully presented and no detail overlooked. I would also highly recommend including the gourmet breakfast package. Fresh local produce waiting for you on arrival. Our stay was just magic and we will definitely be back. Thank you to Wendy...

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Birksharbour, Owner at Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words and we really make an effort to ensure our guests have a great experience with us! Our Packages are very popular and guests can relax in the surrounds with going anywhere and soak up the ambiance! We hope to see you again at Birks River Retreats! Best wishes!

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  • Free Parking
  • Pool
  • Breakfast included
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  • Pool
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Refrigerator in room
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Luxury accommodation in a unique waterfront location at Birks Harbour at the River Port of Goolwa. Three self contained Retreats - Boathouse/Captain's & Riverview Retreat. Quiet and peaceful setting surrounded with acres of gardens, prolific birdlife, majestic trees, a large swimming pool, luxury furniture and fittings, maritime antiques and artwork, located at Birks Harbour Marina with classic wooden boats on their moorings. This private and special environment is a perfect holiday location with reflections & sunrises you'll never forget. Luxury self-contained riverfront retreats on the Murray River at the River Port of Goolwa. Each Retreat is private, fully self-contained and offers absolute luxury for a unique holiday adventure. Birks Harbour is an easy 1 hour drive south of Adelaide, travelling via South Australia's premier wine region of McLaren Vale to the historic River Port of Goolwa and gateway to the Coorong National Park on the Fleurieu Peninsula. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats

Address: 138 Liverpool Rd, Goolwa, South Australia 5214, Australia
Region: Australia > South Australia > Goolwa
Price Range: $329 - $362 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats 4*
Number of rooms: 4
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“Quite truthfully, there are 2 perfect bedrooms, both with en suite bathrooms. Either would delight.”
 of 5 bubbles oxfordhighschool, 28 Mar 2017 | Read review
“If our room was anything to gauge the rest upon....they will all be stunning by appointment and attention to detail.”
 of 5 bubbles AWS2017SA, 18 Mar 2017 | Read review
“All rooms are excellent. Trust me , I checked them out.”
 of 5 bubbles A3032APandreww, 25 May 2016 | Read review
“The Boathouse is beautiful”
 of 5 bubbles jenny4holiday, 27 Apr 2016 | Read review
“The Boathouse is more 'on display' from the road. The Riverview and Captain's Retreats are in a quiet, private garden setting.”
 of 5 bubbles lakeside76, 21 Apr 2016 | Read review
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